IAC’s roots date back to 1981, with the founding of the Center for Continuous Consciousness (CCC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The CCC conducted experimental consciousness research and periodically staged free conferences throughout Brazil. Increased demand for these structured presentations offered by the CCC led to the founding, in January 1988, of the first Conscientiological organization. In 1994, conscientiology expanded internationally, mainly to North America and Europe, pioneered by personnel who are, to date, actively part of IAC’s staff.
That process of global expansion ultimately led to the establishment of the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC). The Academy was formally founded in 2000 to develop a research center, but that objective expanded in 2002 when IAC incorporated all of the conscientiological European and North American educational centers. This incorporation marked the official launch of IAC in its current form, as an organization focused on both research, with its European research center – the IAC Research and education Campus, via its educational centers worldwide. Today, IAC is a truly global organization with even broader objectives in education and research, as well as a permanent presence in five continents and several countries around the world.
The first president of IAC, Wagner Alegretti (2001-14), has remained a leading researcher in the field since 1982. He was a pivotal member of the CCC and a charter member of other conscientiological organizations. As such, in 1988 Alegretti was co-founder of the first organization to work with conscientiology, and was its director for 5 years. Together with Nanci Trivellato, he started the work to make conscientiology available to the international community. In addition to Alegretti and Trivellato, several founding and early members of the science remain involved in IAC today, resulting in many decades of collective and international experience in consciousness education.
The IAC’s mission is to provide assistance by clarifying the multidimensional nature of the consciousness and all the implications associated with this reality. IAC stimulates expanded awareness by offering and disseminating pragmatic information, employing logic, discernment and the highest principles of cosmoethics. The Academy’s work is founded on updated scientific precepts and it aims to further human knowledge according to the Consciential Paradigm. The Academy conducts formal scientific research and facilitates advanced multidimensional self-experimentation. It endorses self-critique and encourages individuals to verify the multidimensional nature of existence by themselves.
IAC is run by volunteers, with a staff of over 100 individuals (as of May, 2015). IAC’s volunteers are from diverse career backgrounds such as: accounting, anthropology, architecture, business, chemistry, clinical research, consulting, dentistry, education, engineering, entrepreneurship, finance, graphic design, human resources, IT, law, medicine, nursing, physical therapy, property development, psychology, social work, and others, thus enriching the vision and adding a multidisciplinary flexibility to the studies.
As of May 2015, the IAC’s International Educational body is comprised of fully trained instructors from several countries, including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela. Full IAC instructors go through a rigorous training that usually takes some years, which ensures their level of expertise and experience on the topic. Each one of them enriches IAC with their own formal education, as well as their cultural background.
Although IAC is an organization which studies and teaches techniques to develop psi capacities, it advocates a sense of healthy, open-minded skepticism. The IAC is not affiliated with any religious, political, or governmental organization and its activities are solely for research and educational purposes.
Conscientiology, like all sciences, is not centered on any single individual or authority figure. IAC actively encourages all to question any attempt to control, centralize, or homogenize any field of knowledge in order to make the study more open and scientific in nature. IAC maintains that personal growth and evolution occur as a result of, among others; reason, rigor, equanimity, good will, discernment, persistence, and personal effort; and that responsibility for such growth is non-transferable and unique to every person. Ultimately, it is based on sound personal principles and cosmoethics.
IAC endeavors to inform people about a broader reality to help refine their perspectives based on greater knowledge. IAC’s standpoint is, rather, the logical expression of ideas and presentation of arguments that ground and solidify existing knowledge, respecting, nonetheless, the freedom of each individual to think and proceed with their lives in whichever way they consider appropriate. Hence, IAC encourages rationality and personal experiences, without it authentic transformation is rare. IAC aims to offer its body of research, which is drawn from personal experiences as well as cross-disciplinary research findings from fields such as neurology, psychology, and parapsychology, in the most objective and academic way possible.
IAC conducts research using first (individual experience, subjective), second (developing others’ abilities, intersubjective), and third-person (laboratorial) research methodologies. This approach encourages the use of all faculties of the mind (reasoning, discernment, intuition, psychic abilities), to create a more complete and accurate view of the consciousness and reality.
IAC is committed to the continuation of its research and educational mission of teaching in and developing the field of consciousness studies following sound ethical and scientific principles. These efforts facilitate the distribution of high quality, objective, and neutral information while respecting individual freedom and choice.
As such, IAC’s conscientiology work encourages the expansion of varied perspectives coherent with the complex reality of a multidimensional universe. Its scientific periodical, the Journal of Conscientiology, is censor-free and open to researchers with different backgrounds and viewpoints. IAC conferences and symposia offer various angles from different research methodologies and scientific philosophies, so as to contribute toward a greater understanding of multidimensional capabilities and to develop the scientific paradigm in a more encompassing and less materialistic way.
In conducting its research, educational and administrative activities, IAC staff, faculty, scholars, volunteers, and directors aim to remain coherent with the following principles:
- Respect for every individual’s free will.
- Respect for all consciousnesses as equals, considering merit in terms of skills, abilities, specialties, and productive accomplishments.
- Support of volunteers in the development of consciential and professional qualifications needed to perform their areas of activity within the organization.
- Strive to create an atmosphere of transparency and sincerity that provides constructive open communication to help individuals to increase self-knowledge, develop self-awareness, and evolve, without stigmatization or inappropriate labeling. Staff members and other individuals are encouraged to join this welcoming and positive environment.
- Considers its students, volunteers, members, collaborators, and friends who share its scientific and ethical principles to be the most important element in the work.
- IAC is a reflection of (1) its body of instructors, i.e. those who directly assist by teaching information that can be vital and libertarian to human beings and (2) its body of researchers, i.e., those who conduct scientific experiments, scholarly works, and publish their findings, thus systematizing knowledge and performing analysis of phenomena to help expand the field.
- Instructors strive for a well-informed, expert view of the topics taught, so as to be able to transmit the most accurate and meaningful information possible in a universalistic and multidisciplinary manner while, at the same time, being open-minded. Through their practical experience, instructors help to create a larger consensus of the body of knowledge and are thus coherent with what they teach.
- Strive to have an environment in which the bond between individuals is based on their existential programs (life purpose), current tasks, and cosmoethical affinity regarding objectives; making all staff members an evolutionary family that enjoys working, collaborating, and producing together.
IAC has promoted the highest number of partnerships between conscientiological organizations. To date, IAC has offered over 200 events in partnership, aiming at integration, exchange of information, and mutual collaboration.
It is IAC’s aspiration to create opportunities for shared events, planned in partnership with other organizations, in order to favor joint efforts allowing a greater audience to benefit from them. The congresses organized by IAC are initiatives along these lines, as researchers from a variety of disciplines are welcome to present their approach and viewpoint on the various topics within the scope of each conference.
IAC informs that, since March of 2014, it is no longer part of the group of institutions affiliated to UNICIN (Union of the International Conscientiocentric Institutions), whose headquarters are in Iguaçu Falls, Brazil. click here